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Galveston County’s population is rapidly changing. In the past decade, the Hispanic population jumped nearly 45 percent. Rapid growth in the northern part of the county also is spurring need for more schools to keep up with the influx of school-aged kids.

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Mrs. Jennifer Washington is the teacher I’d like to nominate for the Teacher of the Year award. She has gone above and beyond to ensure our students here at Mainland Preparatory Academy have fun with learning.

  • Story by Sara Yonker | Correspondent Photos by Jennifer Reynolds | The Daily News
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Steve Mataro was 8 years old and living in the New Jersey housing projects, but not the worst-off kid he knew. That was perhaps his next-door neighbor, a girl with muscular dystrophy. When New Jersey icon Jerry Lewis launched a benefit to raise money for muscular dystrophy, Mataro went door …

  • Story by Sara Yonker | Correspondent Photos by Stuart Villanueva | The Daily News
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If you run into your Texas First Bank loan officer at the grocery store or at church, that’s on purpose. Chris Doyle, the bank’s president and CEO, requires employees to live in the communities where they work.

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Locals and tourists alike have long known that Galveston County is a premier spot to stay active. From nature to theater to dining, the county has everything you might have a hankering for at any given time.

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Welcome to Profiles, an annual magazine published by The Galveston County Daily News. It’s a chance to catch you up on trends that affect our county.

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The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic growth in the region, anticipates more aerospace projects this year at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center than ever before.

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Since 2000, Galveston County residents have approved at least 12 bond elections in their various communities and school districts with another coming before voters in May.

  • Story by Sue Mayfield Geiger | Correspondent Photo by Kim Christensen | For The Daily News
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At 100 years old, League City resident Tony Crapitto lives in his own home, drives a white 2004 Mercury Minivan and can’t say enough good things about his neighborhood and the friends who live nearby.

  • Story by Marsha Canright | Correspondent Photos by Stuart Villanueva | The Daily News
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Certain environmental qualities such as patterns, textures and spatial properties, called fractal elements, may have the power to reduce stress and enhance learning, especially in confined habitats such as deep space or isolated Antarctic research facilities.

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Colwell, in her first year of teaching, instructs kindergarteners at C.W. Cline Elementary School, 505 Briarmeadow Ave. She not only attended the school herself, but she also teaches in the same room she once sat in during her kindergarten year.

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Pepper Smith, 72, has taught in Friendswood since 1976. More than most, she has seen how the community has changed and remained the same.

  • By Sue Mayfield Geiger Correspondent
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When a premature baby entered the world recently at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Dr. Harvinder S. Bedi held the infant in the palm of his hand. The baby, born at 23 weeks gestation, weighed 13 ounces.

  • Story by Sue Mayfield Geiger | Correspondent Photos by Jennifer Reynolds | The Daily News
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Lottie Lehmann, 91, is visually impaired and doesn’t drive any longer; but that doesn’t stop her from hitching a ride with Johnnie Duncan, 86, every Tuesday and Thursday morning so they can show up for exercise class with Lynn Amato, 63.